First Aid Training

First Aid Training Courses

Courses Available

    • PHECC Cardiac First Response – Community (CFR-C)
    • PHECC First Aid Response (FAR)
    • PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) Refresher
    • Paediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (including choking, seizure, burns, Basic First Aid)
    • Irish Heart Foundation Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course
    • Irish Heart Foundation Heartsaver CPR AED Course
    • Irish Heart Foundation CPR for Family & Friends Course
    • Adult/Child CPR and AED training.
    • Manual handling course

PHECC Cardiac First Response – Community (CFR-C)

Role and Responsibility

A cardiac first responder Community level is a person trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who can respond to someone who has suddenly collapsed. A cardiac first responder plays a critical role in keeping a person alive until the commencement of expert medical care.

A cardiac first responder may be part of the emergency medical services, a healthcare practitioner or a member of the public who has undertaken a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) recognised course within the last 2 years. CFR Community level is the pre or co-requisite for entry to PHECC’s First Aid Response courses.

Cardiac first responders at Community level include citizens and trained members of Volunteer Organisations and Emergency Agencies such as An Garda Síochána and the Civil Defence etc who may be dispatched or come across the following emergencies: cardiac arrest, heart attack including Aspirin administration, choking and stroke. The care management includes FAST assessment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults, children and infants and AED use. New in 2016 is an introduction to team resuscitation. It’s recommended that CFR responder/community responder groups learn more about this approach to improve the efficacy of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (basic and advanced life support) when interacting with healthcare professionals.

Successful completion of the CFR Community standard leads to the award of the joint recognised institution and PHECC award. This award ensures that the responder has fulfilled the educational and training requirements as prescribed by PHECC, thereby possessing the knowledge, skills and professionalism in line with the expectations of the public and the profession. It is recommended that the cardiac first responder ensure their ongoing competency by participation in annual refresher training and certification every two years.

Learning Outcomes

The CFR Community standard is the expected competency of the student upon completion of a recognised course. A person, at the end of a recognised CFR Community course, will be able to:

    1. Recognise the signs of a life-threatening emergency.
    2. Respond in an effective, safe, and appropriate manner, to a life-threatening emergency, utilising basic life support skills.
    3. Retrieve and appropriately use, if required, an automated external defibrillator during a cardiac arrest.
    4. Report and Record their actions and interventions appropriately and handover to emergency medical services.

PHECC First Aid Response (FAR)

Role and Responsibility

A First Aid Responder may be a healthcare practitioner, or a member of the public who has
undertaken a First Aid Response course incorporating the Cardiac First Response (CFR) standard.

In addition to CFR skills, the First Aid Responder possesses defined skills in the further management of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the pre-hospital environment until the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). The First Aid Responder is able to assess and manage these patients in accordance with PHECC Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs).

The First Aid Response Standard adopts a uniform approach to interacting with patients and other emergency medical services in the pre-hospital setting. Finally, First Aid Responders must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the process of continuous responder competence and will be required to maintain their skill levels in First Aid Response including CFR at defined intervals.

First Aid Response Standard Rationale

The First Aid Responder will possess the following general skills. The ability to:

      • deal with life threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions in the pre-hospital
      • environment until arrival of emergency medical services
      • provide First Aid Response for conditions not thought to be life-threatening but are
      • necessary to prevent further harm before the emergency medical services arrive
      • provide pre-hospital First Aid Response in a wide range of environments including home,
      • recreational and workplace settings
      • display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence and self-confidence
      • while understanding their limitations.
Learning Outcomes

There are competencies that students who achieve the First Aid Response Standard are required to demonstrate. Upon completion of a recognised First Aid Response course the student will be able to:

    1. Recognise and Assess the causes and effects of sudden illness and/or injury in a prehospital environment and call for emergency medical services.
    2. React to such pre-hospital emergencies utilising PHECC CPGs.
    3. Respond in a safe, effective, and appropriate manner to such emergencies utilising the First Aid Response skill set and in accordance with PHECC CPGs as part of the pre-hospital continuum of care.
    4. Record and Report actions and interventions taken while responding to and managing such incidents and during handover to emergency medical services.
    5. Retain a caring attitude in their role as First Aid Responders.

The learning objectives in the Standard refer to the management of adults and children unless stated otherwise. Consideration should be given when delivering the course to using ‘Plain English’ to explain medical or clinical terms for responders who do not regularly interact with the pre-hospital emergency environment.

About the Trainer

Audrey Lane

Audrey Lane

PHECC Instructor

With over 20 years of experience with a background in General Nursing and Midwifery, Audrey has worked as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) / Registered Midwife (RM) in Public Health for many years.

Courses are available for Schools, Companies, Parents and Community groups.

For further information please contact Audrey on 087 2983033, or by email at 

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